Wednesday, December 13, 2006
All of these free-agent aquisitions are showing me that this organization has changed and is ready to compete, which is something that we haven't seen in Kansas City since I was about 4 years old. Am I saying that Gil Meche or Octavio Dotel are the saviors of the city of fountains? no, i'm not. But, throwing this kind of money around shows me that the Glass family is committed and wants to win and also is an example that this team is not going to let players like Alex Gordon get away once they reach free-agency and arbitration.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
In the current "spend all your disposable payroll cash on average veteran pitchers" phase of free agency, the Royals have targeted two of the most average: I'm talking about Gil Meche and Miguel Batista.
Now, I know Mr. Tucker would throw a big fit if we signed Miguel Batista, who happens to be one of my favorite players, and that fact is totally unrelated to his playing career. For those who don't know, Miguel Batista is crazy. He walks around the outfield writing poetry before games. He just finished a detective novel.
He's a crafty, versatile pitcher who has started in the World Series and also performed closer duties admirably. Do I want to pay $24 mil for 3 years for him, like we're about to do (unless the Cardinal match)? Hell no. The Royals would be much better off saving their money this offseason. I know there is pressure on Dayton Moore to do something in his first offseason with the team. But do we need to get guys who will likely get injured and/or be supremely mediocre for way more then they are worth? Nope. Look at this market! Carlos Lee got a 100 mil! Barry Zito, who has never reverted to Cy Young form, could also get 100 mil. The Cubs will still be paying Soriano about 20 million dollars per year while he approaches his mid thirties. I want to make this proclamation to our vast readership: THIS IS NOT A BUYER'S MARKET.
I do like inviting Dewon Brazelton to Spring Training. He is a former first round draft pick with a helluva backstory. It's definately worth a shot. If we can get rid of some of our superfluous outfielders, that would be good to, as it's gonna be time to bring Alex Gordon along soon. Things are looking up...but a contender is still relatively far away, although I agree with Rob Neyer when he says we're going to have a pretty good offense in a year or so.
Good to be back. Tell your friends.
I don't really mind this trade as we are desperate for some starting pitching, but Dayton Moore really needs to come home with a little more from the Winter meetings. the Royals are most likely going to be out-bid in the attempted signing of Gil Meche and are rumored to be paying a lot of money for a 35 year old man that they released about eight years ago in Miguel Batista. Another rumor floating around is that Outfield Journey-man Emil Brown could be heading to Baltimore in exchange for Right-handed starter Rodrigo Lopez. The coure that this off-season is taking is leading me to believe that the organization is going to put a lot of pressure on Captain head-case Zack Greinke once again. Greinke is going to be looked at as the possible ace of this staff and i'm not sure that he could ever handle the pressure of that position. The point is that we need to overpay now for somebody who can help this pitching staff down the road because the ridiculous amount of money that unproven free-agent pitchers are getting this year will lead teams to signing their own pitchers, thus reducing the free-agent market next year. I think the Royals might possibly be able to contend in the 2008 season, as the offense will probably be there, but they need to develop and expand this pitching staff.
Friday, October 06, 2006
One day I was in Kansas City, MO at a gas station with my dad, and I was sitting in the car while he paid. He came out, and beckoned me to come and meet somebody--and old, tired looking man. "Corban, I want you to meet someone. He used to play in the Negro Leagues for the Monarchs." I shook his hand. He was driving an old, beat-up car, and sweat poured down his face. At this moment I realized that all ballplayers weren't rich, famous, or both. Some of them were regular people, trying to make ends meet. And this made me realize why Buck was so great.
Buck O'Neil died earlier tonight. He was a joyous, patient man, who had suffered through loads of adversity, fought for this country, and just smiled about it. Buck has always been one of my heroes--he took negatives and made them positives, something I have trouble doing. But my negatives aren't as bad as his negatives. I mean, smiling and loving through racial oppression, abuse, and war? Only Buck could do it.
Buck was immensely important to Kansas City, and I know he'll be in the Hall of Fame. I wish he had been there to see it, but I have a feeling he's got a better seat somewhere else.
Buck, you will never be forgotten.
Monday, October 02, 2006
p.s. Jimmy Gobble actually averaged close to a strikeout an inning (84 IP, 80 K) so having him be the strikeout leader isn't the worst thing in the world as it is impossible to have a ton of strikeouts when you start 16 different pitchers. Where this improvement came from (.46 Ks per inning rest of career) I think can be attributed to Bob McClure improving Jimmy's slider.
Yes, it blows that we lost 100 games for the third straight year, setting the hallmark for futility for future crummy teams. However, we yanked the Central Division crown out from under the Detroit Tigers, who until August, looked like they were gonna walk with this thing. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.
Today Dayton Moore announced that we won't really hear anything personnel-wise until Thanksgiving, which indicates there won't be much fluctuation in the coaching staff at least. The 40-man roster will certainly be adjusted, but that's going to be a process in itself anyways.
What did we do right? Well, we gave some young guys some pedestals to emerge off of, particularly Mark "George Brett with Power" Teahen and Esteban German. Grudzielanek was a rock in the lineup, DeJesus will be one of our guys for years to come, and Joey Gathright started to groove a little also. We know who can pitch (Luke Hudson, Redman) who can't (Andy Sisco) and who eventually could figure it out (Jorge de la Rosa, Odalis Perez). Hey, I've seen the rotation end up way worse than this at the conclusion of the last two years, so in comparison, having some guys is just peachy. We also may have too many solid outfielders next year, which, as a Braves guy can tell you, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
What did we do wrong? We suck at getting strikeouts. Jimmy Gobble led the team with 80 K. Jimmy Gobble. Remember when this guy was close to setting the record for the lowest K/9 IP for a starter in American League history? That's a major "yuk" right there.
Hitting Doug Mientkiewicz third in the order.
Anyways, I will be continuing this series of wrap-ups during the course of the week. Stay tuned for more coverage of the second worst team in baseball.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
For those who have turned their heads to football season (I honestly can't blame you), you missed one helluva dugout brawl last night at Jacobs Field. After striking out Ryan Garko, Runelvys Hernandez hustled back to the dugout, called out C John Buck, and fisticuffs shortly ensued.
Sure, the fight was short-lived: Hernandez swung first, which was followed by a Buck hook which managed to miss Hernandez. Have you seen Hernandez? The guy's a freaking whale!
All in all, the Royals pulled it out, 5-3, led by the 4-hit night for Esteban German, which has helped him join the "Hey, maybe Baird wasn't that bad after all!" group of acquistions that include Mark Teahen, Raul Ibanez, and to a lesser extent Emil Brown.
The magic number is 8 to avoid 100 losses. Seventeen games remain.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Next on the Agenda.... Alex Gordon has won the Texas League MVP. Entering Tuesday's game, he was batting .325 with 29 HRs and 96 RBIs. Yikes. I think we might have managed not to screw up a first round pick with this guy. The last Royal to win such honors was Mr. Ex-Caveman, Johnny Damon in 1995.
Last order of business to tend to... your very own D-tuck, tucknation, tuckaroma, tuckcity is attending Royal's press-conferences and conducting player/coach interviews for Friday nights game. I managed to land a sweet gig with KJHK 90.7 sports radio in Lawrence and have been granted a press pass for Friday and will be watching the game by way of the press box, so yay me.
Luke Hudson goes against sweet-named BOOF BONSER tonight as the Royals go for the series win and two in a row.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
As we see Carlos Beltran pelt another GW HR, we Royals fan's can finally grimace to a much lesser degree, given Teahen's sensational play over the last two months. Remember, when he got sent down, he was batting .192. That was a month and a half into the season. I don't know what he did or how he adjusted, but you know what? I don't care. As long as he's clean, I'll be rooting for him.
Not saying that he took steroids or anything like that.
No, I'm not insinuating that at all.
You guys see Carmelo last night?
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
These moves have more impact than any of the trades we have made so far. This is huge. The Atlanta Braves minor league system is one of the most productive outlets in baseball history--just go to Turner Field and check out the 13 consecutive division title flags. I can't believe the Braves let them go. I guess the Braves are trying to do Dayton a favor by virtually handing him one of his best friends, Picollo. But Rene Francisco? This is exactly what we need.
As the Baird era ended, we were all exposed to more and more horror stories about drafting players with thrift in mind, stories of meddling by the Glasses which prohibited potential trades for Marcus Giles and Alex Rios (years back mind you, for Paul Byrd and Mike Sweeney, respectively), and other administrative absurdities. Now we're going to build a competent scouting department.
Last night, after the 12-2 drubbing of the Royals, I called in to Soren Petro's show and asked him whether he thought the "Braves way" or "the Moneyball way" were really THAT different, and how Schuerholz's teachings would affect Dayton's vision for success. Petro said that those schools of thoughts aren't that different, but the A's had to think about value whereas the Braves, owned by Ted Turner and on their own network, don't. It's all about balance--numbers AND tools. OBP AND upside.
I'm excited. It looks like we're not going to be the scourge of the league any longer.
Well, at least on the operations side.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Geez Louise. Three straight sweeps. Exhibit A.) Swept in four at home by Twinkies, look terrible. B.) Sweep Red Sox in three at home, look awesome. C.) Swept in four by Indians at the jake, look terrible.
Allright, what the hell is going on here? I'm so confused and angry that i'm about to whip out my Dick...... Howser bobbledhead and whack somebody across the face with it! I mean, come on fellas! I haven't seen ups and downs like these since riding new Worlds of Fun attraction: The Patriot(TM). (Edit: Never actually rode the Patriot, just trying to score some sweet Worlds of Fun passes). Anywho, the bullpen is an absolute mess once again. With the exception of a meaningless steller six inning performance by Todd Wellemeyer on Sunday the bullpen looked like junk in yet another four game stretch. I don't even know where to begin. So i just won't. All I really want is for Buddy Bell to be fired so that I can stop saying, "I could do a better job of managing this team," because it's really ticking people off when i say that.
P.S. Has anyone noticed a trend in recent Tuckcity posts? I say the bullpen sucks two posts ago and they look great for a series. I say Luke Hudson is my new favorite player and fantasy filler and he give up 11 runs in a third of an inning. That is not a typo, by the way. Wahoo.
Friday, August 11, 2006
On a side note, new Dylan Tucker fantasy star Luke Hudson has recorded six consecutive quality starts!
Now, to the meat of the post. One of my roomate's "favorite" players, Emil Brown is quietly putting together a nice little season once again. His Batting Average is up to a solid .290 with an On-Base-Percentage + Slugging-Percentage of .808. The only thing missing this year, is the power numbers, as Emil has clubbed just ten homers thus far (Though he has had a recent power surge with 3 dongaromas in the past week). Emil has proved a nice little assest for the Royals over the past two years. Hopefully, he can continue to be a contributing stop-gap player until Mitch Maier or Billy Butler are ready for big-league time.
Just remember, folks: It's not a snack, it's Emil!
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Royals fans, the holdout is over. Luke Hochevar has signed. I am blogging this from a bus station in downtown KC, where people have rushed out in the streets, loosened their ties/hobo apparel, and grabbed a forty ounce for each hand. Pure elation reflects on the collective facial expression, joyous that Luke Hochevar, the number one pick has...signed...a MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT!
Yeah, he's the first Royal draft pick since Bo Jackson to ink a major league deal out of the draft. But Bo deserved it--his Tecmo bowl dominace earned him that right. But a signing is a signing. Let's party!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Oh, by the way..... I am interested to see how bad Affeldt and Denny get rocked when their breaking balls don't drop in Denver.....
P.S. Runelvys Sucks!!!!! He needs to turn that "suck"tion around and use it on his own gut.
Listen, before I say anything, I don't like the Twins or the White Sox as lonestanding franchises, as the teams themselves, independent of who's running them, who plays for them, etc. But after watching last night's game...
I have to admit I really like how the White Sox and the Twins run their systems. They just develop the right people to put in the right roles. There are three guys on the White Sox bench--Alex Cintron, Ross Gload, and Pablo Ozuna--who would be Royal regulars. But they plug them in the right places, and give their regulars much-needed rest without losing too much. Chicago GM Kenny Williams has done a sensational job. He took a team brimming over with power hitters and shaky pitching, a team that would win but never go far in the playoffs, and rebuilt the whole damn thing. He dispensed Jose Valentin and Carlos Lee. He developed pitchers like Mark Buerhle and Jon Garland, and dealt for Jose Contreras and Freddy Garcia. Now this year, he added Javier Vasquez, who has been so-so, but you get the picture. Pitching wins deep into October, no matter how many bats you have in the lineup. And as often is the case, those teams miss the playoffs anyways. And what happened on that October night in Houston? You all know the story.
The Twins I have a great deal of respect for, especially GM Terry Ryan. The Twins lose good players every single year to contract issues--they are relatively small-market based as you know. But the Twins minor-league system has been thriving for a generation now. Their big guys are all products of their system--Torii Hunter, Johan Santana, Justin Morneau, Francisco Liriano. Santana would be cruising to his second Cy Young if it weren't for a pitcher who is likely a few stalls away from him in the locker room. Liriano has been absolutely unbelievable. It appears this guy is unshakeable. Rocket's return night in Houston? 8 IP, ER, 7 K. Usually rookie pitchers get solved after about 60, maybe 70 IP. Liriano's at 115 with 137 K. Yikes.
So I guess the point of this post is that I hope Dayton Moore's in-division GM competition will raise his game. For his trade deadline work, I give him an B+, with the Shealy deal ranking the highest. He would've gotten an A if he had found out a way to deal Grudz, Sanders, or Redman for somebody of any value, but I'm probably asking for too much.
Odalis Perez on the mound!
Monday, July 31, 2006
Shealy has put up good numbers in AAA (.284, .351, .568), but there has been a lot of debate about his upside lately. If you go back to scouting reports cerca 2004, everyone thought this guy was gonna mash like Pujols. But now, he hasn't even earned a spot on the Rockies' 40-man roster (this is certainly arguable--a lot of pitchers are protected on this, fewer hitters). And the inclusion of Dohmann is a trifle puzzling-- a 28 year-old RHP. But, let's hope for once that the GM sees something us plebians don't.
I'd post a picture, but Shealy is kind of ugly. If you wanna see some pretty faces, scroll down two posts. Thank you.
Whatever. Neither really helps in the short run, but if Lopez ever becomes something, then it could be worth it. Really, I don't have much to say about this deal. Time will tell I guess.
Although, the Dodgers, whose unis quite resemble the Royals were it not for the splashes of red, dealt for Greg Maddux and Julio Lugo, flipping Cesar Izturis to the Cubs--rejoice, Winetroub. The days of the outstandingly bad Ronny Cedeno (.252, .277, .337...ugh) are over.
When did Julio Lugo become such hot property? The Dodgers flipped Joel Guzman for him! That was dumb.
White Sox @ Royals
Contreras vs. Runelvys
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Yes, it's true. This is the 100th post. Corby and the Royals would like to thank all our loyal readers for helping us through the "birth" years and move into the second century of posts. We'd also like to thank those 100 or so Koreans who accidentaly loaded the page, albeit for a fraction of a second. Without you, none of this is possible.
Well, back to the schtick. Jorge de la Rosa has got some gross stuff. Nasty. However, he misses the zone a lot, and had some plays really roll in his favor (think the DP while the bases were loaded in the 3rd or 4th inning). He was good though, well worth a 30 something utility IF. I just hope we unload some veterans in the next 48 hours...cuz after Gathright's spectacular play last night and overall impressive prowess in CF, these deals are lookin' mighty fine so far, and I'm anxious to see what else Prince Moore can muster.
de la Rosa's official line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 HR, 2 BB, 7 K...pretty solid.
Jorge de la Rosa is not the reason I posted. The reason is Mark Teahen. I know there's a lot of people (especially KC Star) who were pretending like they knew this was going to happen all along, but even I, who is an optimist when it comes to everything Royal, was beginning to lose hope that Teahen was ever going to turn it around. But since he has been called up after his stint in Omaha, Teahen has been sensational. Since the All-Star Game, Teahen has an astonishing line--.333, .462, .725--take a second to wipe the fog off your glasses. Mark Teahen, in July, has an OPS over 1, which is in elite player category. Also, he has walked more than he has struck out, something he has not done since he's been in the Majors. People, this isn't a turnaround--it's a renaissance.
In July, Teahen has 7 HR and 25 RBI. He's in the top 10 or so for the month for every relevant batting statistic this side of Turf/Dirt splits.
Nonetheless, this excites me. Now, what does this mean for Alex Gordon....
I present you the first Corby and the Royals cliffhanger.
Thank you readers, and I'll keep it coming. Please leave comments. They help me know what's up.
Even if it's in Korean.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
First thing, here is an example of how extensively covered the Boston Red Sox are. I type Tony Graffanino's name in "Google Images" and out of the first 30 results, 25 of them have Tony clad in Red Sox gear or at Red Sox events. How long did he play for them again? Wasn't it like eight weeks? I thought this was odd, then I typed in "David Ortiz." Thirty-seven pages. Oh.
So anyways, we traded Tony Graffanino to the Brewers for Jorge de la Rosa (and they have his picture up already! And it's not one of those obviously doctored ones!), a pitcher who appeared in the Futures Game a few years back and is starting for the Royals on Saturday. Buddy's head must be spinning hundreds of miles an hour with all the new possibilities! Actually, it would be better to state this speed in kilometers. That makes it sound way bigger.
Good trade. A 32-54 team doesn't really need any thirty-something utility guys, and that's what Tony is. We can be patient with de la Rosa, who has great stuff, zero control (here we go again). But, we got some talent. Talent is good, right?
Speaking of talent, Jimmy Gobble heads to the mound tonight.
Orioles at Royals
Lopez vs. Gobble
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
This afternoon, the Dodgers traded Odalis Perez and minor league righties Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental for Royals reliever Elmer Dessens, who was a Dodger last year. The Royals also got cash.
Although Odalis has been horrible this year (4-4, 6.83 ERA), the dude has won 15 games in the past, and will probably benefit from a change of scenery. He has a 3-year, $24 million dollar deal which he is in the second year of--this is where the cash comes in--and says the Dodgers have "treated him like trash." Also, Perez is rumored to have one of the worst fashion senses in the bigs, notoriously wearing bright t-shirts much too small for his large figure, among other fashion atrocities.
I like this deal. We don't need Dessens. I know Buddy Bell loves him, and will now struggle finding the right guy to turn the ball over to in close situations, but let's face it, Buddy Bell's gonna struggle no matter what happens. Perez is 29, and we're getting help with his contract figures. Add two minor league arms Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental (warning: clicking on these names will not show you glossy, impressive stats), and all in all, sounds pretty good. And I bet Moore's not finished yet, either.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Dayton Moore continues to impress me. The Royals are not going to be able to contend in the American League Central for a while, so Moore decided that injury plagued Mike MacDougal is not going to factor into the Royal future when he is in his mid-thirties. While second-tier prospects are never ideal, Cortez and Lumsden could very well figure into the Royals' development (especially Lumsden, a 6ft 5in hard throwing lefty). I will miss Big Mac and all of his antics, and it will be hard rooting against him and instantly hating him now that he will be putting on a White Sox uniform everyday, but I think it was the right decision.
By the way, the heart of the White Sox lineup sounds something like this..... Soriano, Thome, Konerko. Yikes. While last year, the White Sox proved winning in October revolves around starting pitching, it would be hard pressed to ask any starter to get those three out.
Let's look forward to some more deals and speculate whether or not good luck will ever turn its eye towards our precious Royals. Bye, Big Mac.
You heard it here first...Mike MacDougal may soon be parting ways with the Royals for...gulp...the White Sox, who are also closing in on a deal to put Alfonso Soriano in pinstripes. Well, not those pinstripes. Sox pinstripes. Yeah, it's worlds different.
If this is the end, it's been a great, hat-losing, fireballin' time. I'll miss you Dougie, but success and happiness in Royal blue is ephemeral...
The guitar was encased in wood, and had pictures and other knick knacks for the sake of presentation. But who lifted this guitar and carried it to Gubicza, must you ask? Which Royals player do you know that would likely be unable to perform this task, given recent back and spinal column issues? Mike freakin' Sweeney, who's put 6 RBIs and a .192 average up on the board for the 2006 Royals IN THE DH POSITION, carried the cumbersome object, then appeared to "milk it," hobbling away.
When the ink was drying on his contract years ago, I was excited. Now I get to see a "Captain" embellish his injury. I know Sweeney is a moral guy and all, but it doesn't seem right that he's letting minor injuries pile up and keep him out of the eyes of the paying public. When I go to the park, I don't even THINK of Sweeney anymore, because for the last 3 years, he's been out of the lineup 70% of the time.
Take the "C" away, and let's move on to the next phase of Kansas City Royals baseball.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Tonight, Elvys is back.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Same deal today--I watched it on ESPN GameCast at work. ESPN Gamecast has a very misleading graphic where a hit ball floats to where the out was/wasn't recorded, making shallow flies look like tape-measure shots until they have a physically impossible steep drop almost straight down. But, Papelbon came in, and you know what happens after that. Ballgame, Beantown.
Tomorrow, the Angels are in town. Is their offense worse than ours? Well, not lately, they've been on fire. Stay tuned for a possible Runelvys comeback!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I like David Ortiz. He is a personable All-Star who has so many game-ending hits it's pointless to count them anymore. He could strike out in every last at bat in every loss the Sox have for the rest of his career and it won't matter. This guy got them to the World Series. But you're playing the Royals, the pitcher isn't even looking over there--you're David Ortiz--and you get a big jump and steal the base. Perhaps revelry isn't needed. Ya think? Tony Graffanino is playing short. Joel Peralta is pitching. These guys aren't exactly on the fast track to Cooperstown.
Obviously, I have displaced my anger at losing a game we were winning 4-0 deep into the night with being furious over a fat power hitter stealing second. Of course, a Royal unraveling occured, I would be lying if I said I wasn't familiar with this concept. But still...I wish Kyle Snyder hadn't pitched Sunday so we could destroy him. Too bad.
Royals @ Red Sox
Duckworth vs. Lester
Monday, July 17, 2006
The Royals are looking like a volunteer health clinic at the moment--everybody's got something wrong with them. Reggie's knees, Grudz is ailing and may be visiting the DL soon (so long, trade value), Mientkiewicz is still not 100% and Berroa has been scratched from the lineup for a few days (thank goodness). So, we're finally throwing some at-bats Esteban German's way (.341/.429/.407) which is good. In other good news, Mark Teahen has been killing the ball. As Rob 'n' Rany suggested , Teahen has possible trade value. He's 24, beginning to come around, has no attachment to the current GM, and has an absolute studbeast behind him in the minors. Another option is moving one of them to another position (Gordon has been electric at third and is likely staying put). I like Teahen, and think Allard Baird might have been better than perceived. A master of small transactions, he could never nail the big fish, and got involved in one of the biggest highway robberies in the last ten years (Jermaine Dye, 3rd in AL SLG% , for Neifi Perez, playing horribly for a team possibly more screwed than the Royals). Also, the way Beltran has played in comparison to Wood/Buck/Teahen, we mighta got jobbed there too.
There's something that hasn't been in the Royals camp in ages; hope. Young players turning it around, and a .500 record since June 1 without the help of most of the veterans. This ship may just right itself after all...and Allard Baird is no small part of that.
Yes, the Royals did squeak by the Tigers today 9-3 (Mike MacDougal notched his first save of the year!), but the season series is out of hand. I noticed something today; The Tigers' leadoff man, Curtis Granderson, has eleven homers. The Royals co-leaders, Reggie Sanders and Mark Teahen, sit at nine. Hmmm...... you might be thinking, "Come on, Dylan! The Royals play in a huge ballpark! It's not fair to compare stats!" I would then say, after slapping you silly of course, "Comerica park is a monster; the outfield seems absolute endless out there, you twit!" You would then retort with, "Ok, fine, but what's your point, you big dumb douche bag?" Then I would go on to tell you that my point is the Royals have serious power issues. I mean really bad power issues. We are the only team in major league baseball with less than two players who have ten or more homers, and we don't even have one!!!! Alex Gordon and Billy Butler are going to not only have to hit for average, but they are going to have to each hit thirty-plus homers a year, and do it immediately! I believe, as does the rest of the world, that both of these guys are legit, and let's just hope we're not wrong.
By the way, Corban: Alex Gordon is one of two top three prospects who has not thrown a bat at an umpire.... so we have that going for us!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Alex Gordon is #3, trailing Delmon Young and Anaheim's Brandon Wood. That's pretty impressive. Billy Butler is #14.
In other Wranglers news, Gordon and Butler both had grand slams yesterday, but it wasn't enough as the Wranglers lost 11-10 in 15 innings. Also, they ran out of pitchers and UT Mike Avila had to pitch. Way to go, Frank White.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
"You've got to be kidding me," said Butler, describing his immediate reaction. "It's got to be going to another Hall of Fame, not the real thing."
Congratulations to Billy Butler--and thank you for giving Royals fans something to smile about. His line ended up being 2-3 with a HR and two RBIs. The home run was a shot to straight away center, clearing the fence and hopping into the brush that occupies PNC Park's outer fencing. Butler and Gordon, who also delivered 2 hits with a double and 2 RBIs, will be going to Cuba in August to represent team USA.
Even though these guys are not major leaguers, the state of the current team has a lot of the fan base reading their lines daily in the back pages of the KC Star. Congratulations, boys, and I can't wait to see you in royal blue in the near future.
edit: additional ESPN story and video
Saturday, July 08, 2006
If the Royals win tonight, they will post a stellar .500 mark at home. Yes, .500 is not often categorized as "stellar," but when your 3-4 hitters are Doug Mientkiewicz and Emil Brown, .500 is something you can set as a goal. Seriously. Finally, Allard Baird's genius "Hey, they're all all right!" plan for the ballclub is finally bearing fruit.
The chase for the AL Central is on! Only 26.5 games to make up in the toughest division in baseball. But the elimination that counts, mathematical, shows that a comeback is still possible. GO ROYALS!
Friday, July 07, 2006
The star pitcher revealed last week that he recently received
a cortisone injection in his ailing hip. He felt similar discomfort last season,
his first with the Mets, and aggravated the injury when he slipped in the
bathroom and fell on his hip while changing his shirt during a series in Florida
Baseball injuries are the greatest.
Speaking of Pirates....
...is out today. But I hear it kinda sucks. But, hey, if you get one good movie out of an amusement park ride, two might really be pushing it. Have a good weekend, everyone.
Jays at Royals, 7:10
A.J. Burnett vs. Luke Hudson (seriously?? ah for the love of...)
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
1.) I never mentioned those guys as prospects, you just can't give up on people after less than 2 seasons in the bigs, especially when it appears that they are figuring some things out (Dejesus is 24-49 in his last 12. Also, i disagree about his value decreasing being moved to left. It gives him more of an opportunity to focus on his bat work and takes pressure off of him as a defender. With him and Gathright, who can't hit by the way, I feel that the Royals have one of the best defensive outfields in the Major Leagues.)
2.) I think that Teahen has been doing more than just sufficing after being in Omaha. He makes the charging-ground-ball-bare-hand play better than anyone in MLB, except for maybe Scott Rolen. He's shown some power, and is starting to pull the ball more.
3.)John Buck and Mike Wood are not that great. I never said they were. I think put in the appropriate roles (Backup Catcher and Middle Relief, respectively), they can be productive Major-Leaguers.
4.) As far as Mark Redman is concerned, that is an absolute joke. Our All-Star should be us for actually spending time writing about the team. Dylan, Corban, and Redman (the hip-hop star of course) all stuffed into one jersey.
Let's see if we can win the series against the Twinkies tonight. Hopefully, Lew Ford gets beaned in the head!
Here he is celebrating the news during a 2003 Florida Marlins reunion party with Mike Lowell...ah, the picture is dated, but Mark Redman is your 2006 Kansas City Royals All-Star. To order his American League Batting Jersey, go here. Scroll down the names to customize and it updates the jersey on the screen. When "Redman" rolls on there, it's a hilarious sight. Mark Redman, an All-Star. That's just freaking awesome.
To speculate who is truly behind this, I think the answer is Ozzie Guillen. Ozzfest was Redman's coach during his career 2003 campaign with the Marlins, and Ozzie had an easier time slopping a pitcher onto the roster than another position player, especially with the AL All-Stars in an NL park debacle--this is leaving Travis Hafner (.318, 24 HR, 70 RBI) off the team. Also, Redman could pitch a few innings if that bizarre extra-innings-no-one-in-the-dugout thing happens again.
The Royals don't deserve an All-Star, and the fact that everyone gets one is a dumb rule. I think you should try, but if it isn't even feasible (Mark Redman falls into this category) you should just leave that team out, no hard feelings. Curt Schilling (2nd in quality starts...SECOND!) and Francisco Liriano (9-1, 1.99 ERA which leads the ML) should be on this team. But that rule leaves them out. This happens all the time. Also, I don't like how the host gerrymanders to get as many, in this case Pirates, on the team as possible. Jason Bay makes it. Fine. But Freddy Sanchez? The NL has four 3Bs on the roster. Now that's just dumb.
I wish instead of Mark Redman, they would send Redman in a Royals jersey. That would inject much needed vigor and street-cred into the Royals organization. Then, David Glass would start rolling into games in "hoopties" bumping that new Lil Wayne mixtape "Dedication 2." Perhaps then we could attract some young players and free ourselves of these geriatric modern Royals. But if this is the only way, we are truly screwed.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Dayton Moore needs to identify 5-10 prospects he likes and do anything he can to get them. Anything. And then we can afford to be excited at last.
KC natives can just close their eyes and wait for the Chiefs to head up to Riverfalls.
Others can just hope 2007 gets a little prettier.
Royals have won 8 of 10, much thanks to the "meh, they're all decent I guess" pitching staff of Keppel, Duckworth, Elarton, Redman, and Wood. I guess credit is due to Dayton Moore for salvaging Duckworth and Wellemeyer, who both have performed decently (and by decently I mean fantastic by current Royals standards) and contributed a lot in their roles. Kyle Snyder was sent back down and all seems right again. Joey Gathright has been fine, but I heard that he might be moving on to Atlanta, who are Joe-nesing for their Gath-right to obtain the speedy outfielder. I'm sorry. If you say, "Why, Corban, what do you have to be sorry about?" you clearly didn't read the last sentence.
So we've won 24 games and it looks like if the Royals were in the NL, a new pennant flag would be flying out in left over the ballpark staple hit-a-truck. Sorry, even I had to laugh at that one. I mean, I couldn't even get the sentence done without laughing. The thought of this team being a contender--well, you get the picture.
The pitching staff has been better, but what has really thrived lately is the offense. The hitters are approaching midseason form; they no longer are letting 90 mph four seamers go right down the hatch. They are swinging at them. Sometimes they are even making contact. Sometimes, it's a hit! Which means only 11 more for donuts.
Tonight, more interleague action (the AL is whipping ass)
Royals vs. Reds 7:05
Elarton vs. Harang (so make sure to adjust your roto lineups accordingly!!!)
Friday, June 23, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Now excuse me while I step outside and collect my thoughts "&*%$#* north carolina piece of &#&*(#) six &#^! strikeouts you have to be yanking my &#*(#@&. (*&^#$&#@ all of this. You cannot be *#(@)#( s serious"
And we got OF Joey Gathright for SP JP Howell. We also got an infielder. More on this later.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Anyways, where was I? Oh yes, bottom of the eighth. K-Rod on the mound, 1 out, runners on the corners, Sanders at the plate. So what ensues was debated between my brother and I for a good fifteen minutes (also supplemented by some ignorance from the RSTN booth)--Sanders strikes out, but the catcher does it field it cleanly; however, Sanders is called out on the play, because Doug Mientkiewicz had started bolting from first, because he though Sanders was running there (on the dropped strike). I had no idea this was a rule. The crappy Molina brother (the other two are good) then proceeds to throw the ball into center field trying to throw Mientkiewicz out. On the error, DeJesus comes home (limping; awesome!). Mientkiewicz holds on at second, and Stairs strikes out looking because I praised him in yesterday's entry. Typical.
Now, the TV announcers did not know what was going on, and Lefebvre gave a bunch of dubious rulings, like DeJesus's run went to Donnelly because it was his runner, and that the run was earned, even though there was an error on the play.
Turns out, they gave Mientkiewicz a stolen base (??!!!!) even though he had to run because Sanders was coming to first. They gave an UNEARNED run to Donnelly. Whatever.
Maybe every team has wacky plays, in fact I know they do--in 162 games, some crazy junk is bound to happen. But the Royals by far lead the wackiness (is this a stat?). We had a player get hit in the face with a line drive this year while he was playing in the outfield. We had a triple play that took about a minute. Remember that play when Sweeney got hit in the back with a throw from the outfield a couple years back? It was the only 3-6-9 double play I've ever seen (Jacque Jones ran in from left to cover first). Ken Harvey once dove over the tarp to make up for a "I was sleeping on that one" error and hurt himself. Jason Grimsley once punched Ken Harvey in the face when trying to field and throw a grounder, injuring both guys. Terrence Long and Chip Ambres both got caught running into the dugout last year while the ball bounced innocuously behind them. When Miguel Tejada popped out to foul territory on the first pitch, a good-looking and razor sharp teenager yelled "MVP" while he sat over the dugout, and Tejada responded with "(bleep) you, (female dog)" while making direct eye contact. One time, I sat in right field, and guys were riding Michael Tucker (the right fielder on our team), and he turned around and said, "Kiss my ass, (female dog)."
I realize the last two stories aren't that wacky, but they're just funny. You can't deny that.
Anyways, in closing, I would like to thank the kind people at Royals Review for posting my blog among their websites. That website is a great place and the total package; numbers and analysis, while Corby and the Royals is just a jaded college student's take on his favorite baseball team, thanks to geography. I give a Corby and the Royals ringing endorsement to Royals Review, and Royales with Cheese. What a great accolade.
Good night and good luck.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Anyways, the Royals have been catching some national attention (besides the attention gained from a high level of sucktitude) from the story where two KC journalists' press passes were revoked after asking David Glass some rather pressing questions regarding his handling of Allard Baird...but of course, the occurence of a direct relationship between two passes getting revoked and these questions is being heavily refuted by the Glass camp. Hey, Camp David! Hardly.
There's gonna be some moving around down on the farm and at the Major League Level. The Yankees (according to ESPN Insider...won't link it, subscription site) have inquired about Reggie Sanders. The Mets have asked about Mark Grundzielanek. Runelvys Hernandez has asked if he can have their meal stipends if they are traded. (By the way, Hernandez struck out 11 in Omaha the other night, so I have drawn a likely conclusion--Moore said, Runelvys, for each strikeout you can have a hoagie with either ham or turkey and a side of steak fries. Hernandez's gut, his most powerful instinct, responded)
It is my personal opinion that Matt Stairs and Reggie Sanders have to be traded--though I like them both a heckuva lot. They are pure major leaguers, never guys who will go to Cooperstown, but there isn't a team in the league that wouldn't want them. Now I know they have grown to be defensive liabilities at times (especially Stairs) but both of these guys deserve to be in a pennant race. They can still freaking hit. And imagine where they aren't in a lineup surrounded by Teahens and Berroas. Pretty good results, I would think. If we can get something--anything-- for these two guys, we have to do it. They deserve better than this, I know, but that is not my reasoning. Two decent/good bats aren't going to lift us out of the dregs of the American League. Therefore, they are expendable.
Wayne Simien still loves the Royals. I still love Wayne Simien. The Royals love me, by which I mean, they love the money I spend when I go to the K to see the worst team in the Metro (Although the Wiz suck without Conrad, Johnson, and Wolff. How is that fair? The most any other MLS team lost was one guy). To see the love triangle unfold in real time, please watch Montel this Friday at 4 on Fox.
Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Coronado formerly of the Native Americans
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
The Royals wanted to make a statement that they're not gonna go Wal-Mart and roll back the prices, so they picked the former Tennessee standout Luke Hochevar. My mother, never sweet when it comes to sports teams, called him "an idiot" after hearing his radio interview, speaking inarticulately, thanking the Lord, and saying that the Lord brought him here. In addition, Jesus also wants him to command 4 mil up front.
Listen, I know that I may have tried too hard with the Wal-Mart thing at the beginning of the entry, but I just hope this guy isn't a headcase. Boras usually represents talented clients--notably Jered Weaver last year, Stephen Drew the year before that. Both of those guys are gonna be in the Majors (Weaver already is, bumping his older brother to the pen). I agree with tuckcity that his scouting tape looks fine, but it's a SCOUTING TAPE. They don't put him getting shelled, or dishing out 4+ walks a game like he averaged at Tennessee. We don't need another Colt Griffin. We just need a guy who works hard (Hochevar apparently has great work ethic) and gets the job done. Maybe we'll finally see a polished product in the Majors. Maybe.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Finally, Royals owner David Glass has acted on his words. The Royals fired Allard Baird today and hired Braves Assistant GM/Vice-Pres of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore to a five year deal. Glass and Moore did not see eye-to-eye at first, as Glass the Meddler did not want to fork over complete control of baseball operations to Moore. Glass finally acquiesced to Moore's demands, and made the move. Moore seemed the logical choice, and luckily Glass actually made the right choice. For the time being, Muzzy Jackson will take over as interim GM until next week after the June 6-7 player draft. Hooray!
Fred White's voice puts you to sleep like a warm glass of milk spiked with NyQuil. It's irresistable. The other night, I was listening to the broadcast, and here's how it went, verbatim.
(The following anecdote has nothing to do with sleep-inducing, and for those reading this entry and evaluating based solely on structure and relevant thinking, stop here)
Bob Davis: Do you remember the time the Oakland crowd threw batteries on the field? What was that, 20 years ago? I don't remember what it was for....
Fred White: I dunno, must've been something they didn't like.
There it is--Fred White has ruled out elated, celebratory battery tossing in favor of the more popular malevolent battery tossing. But more digging revealed a time where celebratory battery tossing was indeed the situation:
I remember one time when I was playing ball in France before my NBA career
got going. I had rebounded the ball, dished it, and ran down the floor,
receiving a pass and dunking before the buzzer sounded. The irreverant
crowd began throwing AA batteries, and I scooped up as many as I could to fuel
my portable CD player and my TV remote. That was the best Christmas
ever. --Charles Oakley
Actually, all that didn't happen. But I'm bored at work.
How come Bautista always gets these big leads, then blows em? Will somebody PLEASE teach this guy how to pitch? His stuff is nasty!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Welp, the boys in blue go at it again tonight at 9:05 as Denny Bautista tries to get us the win against Brad Halsey, the poor son of a gun who coughed up Barry Bond's 714th homer, destined to be seen in highlights for all of eternity.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
According to the KC Star and ESPN, David Glass has offered the GM job to Atlanta assistant Dayton Moore. Moore, a Wichita native, is the best choice. However, KC will move on to other options if we cannot meet Moore's demand--that is, total control of personnel. Corby's advice?
GIVE IT TO HIM. He made this demand because he wants no Glass meddling in his affairs. The Glasses are not baseball people; they should let Moore run the organization how he wants. That's the best way to turn this thing around. Hell, the Glasses are so inept that they haven't even fired Baird yet. If David Glass doesn't the job to Dayton Moore, we must turn to worse (much worse) alternatives like the ex-Phillies GM and some dude in the Padres system. If we can't get Schuerholz back (in the "yeah right" category), Moore is the best option.
Revive the Royals--Dayton Moore should be GM, and maybe the ship can get righted in the next decade.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I have tried to find a reason to hate Pujols. Look at his official website! You see. The guy is squeaky clean. If you guys find any dirt on this guy, if he cheated on a spelling test, cut someone off in high school, cursed, or anything slightly negative or nefarious, PLEASE comment and let me know.
Thirteen in a row. Thirteen. We lost 13-8 after knocking Mike Maroth out of the game--he only recorded one out. They scored 5 in the 8th and 9th innings, and the bullpen gave up seven runs. Wow. I can feel the bedded rock--we must be at the bottom.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Nice Air Supply reference Dyl.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Worthless. Didn't Buddy see that there was no way Burgos was gonna throw a strike with any sort of command? I know you want to instill faith in your relievers, but this guy is closer by elimination, not by a long arduous competitive Spring Training. Blech.
We give up 4 in the bottom of the ninth to the Orioles. After all we did in the eighth and ninth. You might see my loyalty on eBay soon.
Posnanski column...a good one too.
On a side note, the Royals played a great game on the road today, making it a close 11-1 against the Baltimore Oriloles. Hopefully, Mark Redmond goes the way of the Mays soon and is either given a minor league option..... or given fifteen lashes. Well, we suck; we have no power and no pitching. If anyone wants to take a bet with me that we will break the Major League record for most loses, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!!!!!!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
By the way, Ketchup was the winner of Tuesday night's Hot Dog Race competition. The winners, bearers of the "Ketchup" version of the condiment t-shirt giveaway, were awarded a free Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog. About a month ago, I downed 11 of these puppies during a Royals win. MMMMM tasty. Congratulations to Ketchup, Catsup, Tomato Paste, the Heinz family, and punchline of the "What did mustard say to relish during the big race" joke.
THIS JUST IN KANSAS CITY ROYALS NAMES ISAIAH THOMAS GM AND PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Just kidding. But don't be surprised if this happens, and a sexual harrassment lawsuit follows closely. Wouldn't that be perfect?
Earlier this year, I e-mailed Rob Neyer, and he said he would put my site on robneyer.com on the next update. So the next update comes, and no love for corbyandtheroyals. But no fear, faithful dozens of readers (not including those who accidentaly load the page for microseconds in Thailand), I would like to tell Rob Neyer something.
Rob, you have a great website, and your ESPN articles (which I read with Insider status) are certainly premium as advertised, often with numbers backing them up by the barrellful. Also, and I say this in the most amiable sense, that your are a very handsome man, and more handsome than the other sportswriters I have come in contact with, such as the likes of townie John Sickels, KC Beat-writer (and now Yahoo! fantasy analyst) Jeff Passan, and guest host Jason Whitlock. Also, your books are fantastic, and I have often given them out as gifts. I mean I did once. But I bought it at a Border's, so maybe they're some good overhead there?? No, no I doubt it.
Corby and the Royals
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Buddy Bell is an idiot. Allard Baird is an idiot. Mark Teahen has been a collossal flop this far. John Buck hit his first dinger of the season yesterday on a fly ball that barely cleared the fence. Tonight we are giving shirts out that don't have players, but condiments on them. Yeah, like Mustard Ketchup Relish condiments.
Justin Huber HAS to play if he is called up, or else he's just losing ABs. I'd prefer him staying sharp than platooning. Allard Baird has to go TODAY, I don't care if we have won 3 games in the last week--signs are that we aren't gonna turn this thing around. Let's do something, and let's welcome the newest epoch of Royals baseball before it's too late.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Aaron Guiel is FINALLY up, and it's a good thing, as I thought he should've won the job over Shane Costa, although Costa has batted well. And German got the 3rd base job due to Teahen's overall ineptness, and we should learn a lesson here: if Billy Beane will give up a "good" prospect and only get Octavio Dotel (who was a lot better at the time of the trade), obviously he was never high on this guy. And he has done nothing but suck, and has only been average in the field. Mientkiewicz, while he costs us runs at the plate, saves a helluva lot of errors from that crew.
Tonight: Royals at White Sox, 7:05
Well tonight we go for the hat trick as the Royals try an take game 2 from the dirtiest, sleaziest World Champs in history.
Game time: 6:00 pm Royals: Runelvys Hernandez (1-1, 2.63 ERA)
White Sox: Javier Vasquez (3-1, 3.00 ERA)
Friday, May 05, 2006
It appears Mike Sweeney might have to retire, which is a sad-end to a once very promising career. It is so easy to condemn this deal right now, that we are paying this guy 11 million bucks to get hurt. According to ESPN, Sweeney's back is in terrible shape. This is just part of the bad luck (if you want to call it that) that Allard Baird has had to endure. When we signed Sweeney to this deal, everyone in Kansas City thought it was a great decision. They decided to give the cash to the popular vocal leader and Christian soldier Mike Sweeney, who had become a mammoth figure in the heartland, mashing baseballs and regularly contending for the AL Batting Title. Wow, how things have changed.
Now as I hear people on the radio call out Allard Baird for this "terrible" decision, I know it's only because of what has transpired the last few years. It was either the personable, warm Sweeney or the silent, stern Carlos Beltran--and the Royals chose Sweeney based on character. Everyone knew Beltran was the better all around player, and I believe he is a little overrated; that HUGE 2004 postseason catapulted him into that elite contract stratosphere, whether he deserved it or not. The best you can expect from Beltran: .270, 25 HRs, 25 SBs. Good numbers, but not like a young Barry Bonds.
At the time, Mike Sweeney was a good decision. There, I said it. We got him for under his market value. This was before it was known he was a huge liability on defense, and I'm sure any NL team would've loved his production. We got a discount because he wanted to stay here. This story is truly sad.
Sweeney worked his ass off. He is not an elite athlete. His swing is unorthodox and I feel it's hard for him to get in a groove coming on the bench, where he no doubt thinks about all of his lastest swings. This works for David Ortiz, but it has not worked for Sweeney.
If Glass is truly fed up, he would be wise to not let Allard Baird be a lame duck. This organization needs to be BLOWN UP. I don't mean behind the scenes, solely--on the field too. Like Joe Posnanski points out in his column today, the 2-6 hitters average 35 years of age. Keep Gordon, Huber, Butler, Affeldt, Bautista, Blanco, Sisco, and maybe Runelvys. Everyone else's time is up.
We got nothing for Carlos Beltran except for a catcher who passes balls on pitch outs and a third baseman who can only hit opposite field singles. This is when the hold ship went south.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Burgos? Sisco? Elmer Dessens?
Tonight Buddy gave the ball to Luke Hudson, who immediately relinquished the lead (and a three-hopped Emil Brown throw to the plate didn't help).
This is so frustrating.
Monday, April 24, 2006
I have to lay this out there.... This is my emotional timeline regarding Angel Berroa :
2002: See Angel for first time as a late call up. Steals a base, makes a phenomenal play at short.
Early 2003: Angel banging the ball (among other things i'm sure), playing great short stop, and bringing antics to the club.
Late 2003: Avg. falls a little, some errors made, team slips out of contension.
Emotion: Still Optimistic/Slightly Frustrated
2004: Horrid year. i drafted him for my fantasy team. nuff said.
Emotion: Slight Anger/Beginning signs of rage
2005: Another bad year, swings at everything, can't make a play. terrible.
Emotion: Raw Hatred/Loathesome
Early 2006: Some errors, better plate appearances, spectacular plays, no SBs.
Emotion: Still mad but coming around.
I don't know what to make of this guy. One minute he's great, the next minute I can't wait for prospect SS Andres Blanco to figure out how to hit.
But, we won the series, and let's see if the occasional wins keep on coming.
And C: let's give Scotty E a little credit here, he's got a 4.07 ERA.